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TAFEs in Australia – Mastering the multi-dimensions of their public purpose

Posted by Craig Fowler on June 17, 2019

As a principle of business strategy in any competitive market, success is typically built on knowing what you are good at and succeeding in one, or at most two, of three dimensions; be it high volume low margin efficiency; or customer intimacy in persuasive differentiated services; or innovative high quality product leadership. By virtue of their history and public purpose, TAFEs however have a multidimensional challenge. The expectation of their role as a ‘public provider’ is to be excellent in all these dimensions, whilst being ‘arms-length’ yet (part) tied to objectives, resourcing and desired outcomes as maybe directed by their public-ownership.

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Empowering Education Malaysia event recap

Posted by Jenny Wong on May 20, 2019

On the 3rd of April this year Tribal hosted its very first Empowering Education Seminar in Malaysia. At the event delegates learned how institutions can improve rankings, financial performance, student experience, results, retention and recruitment. The seminar included keynote presentations and panel discussions with senior leaders from across the Malaysian Education sector. They were joined by Tribal experts from our software and education services business. 

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

Student experience for Gen Z: the dos and don'ts

Posted by Tribal Group on May 20, 2019

No one in education is in any doubt that to ‘reach’ Gen Z students and provide the experiences they are looking for, colleges and universities need to embrace the latest technology. This new generation of students expect a personalised student experience - one that’s tailored to their particular needs, wants, interests, and their preferred methods of communication. And increasingly, student experience for Gen Z is expanding to include return on investment.

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Topics: Further Education

MIS Managers - advice you don't want to miss!

Posted by Lauren Hancox on May 16, 2019
Tribal's annual customer conference, the Tribal Empower Conference, is packed full of advice specifically aimed at helping MIS Managers get the most out of their ebs system and gain knowledge on key topics such as reporting, GDPR, outcome frameworks and much more. Here are a few things the conference addresses:  

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

FE College Finance – why a collaborative approach to performance benchmarking will set the new standard in FE…

Posted by Phil Moseley on May 3, 2019

Collaboration in FE is not a new concept, particularly when it comes to provision  (with an ITP or HEI) and/or shared services (such as HR and Payroll). Indeed, many colleges engage frequently with and benefit from collaborating with their AoC (or other) regional network. But what we are yet to see as a sector, is colleges regularly engaging in formal relationships with others around performance benchmarking… 

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Topics: Further Education

The Apprenticeship Levy: reflections on funding, two years on

Posted by Matt Butson on April 29, 2019

In May 2019, the apprenticeship reforms will be entering their third year. Long enough for the policy to have bedded in sufficiently to provide meaningful data on how providers and employers are using the levy. Now seems a good time to reflect on the reforms.  Before we do, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the breadth of these changes:

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

The Strategic SENCo at the Heart of School Improvement

Posted by Bonnie Maslin on April 25, 2019

Weedon (2018) describes the SENCo as ‘being at the confluence of an ever-increasing barrage of expectations and demands’. Shrinking SEN budgets, increasingly complex pupil needs, and a profession at near crisis point in terms of recruitment and retention, sets a bleak scene in which to support some of our most vulnerable learners. As a busy SENCo (often juggling other roles in school too) it can feel impossible to be ‘something to everyone’. So what is it that makes highly effective leadership of provision for pupils with SEN? 

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Overcoming the common reasons why IT change programs fail

Posted by Prue Beams on April 25, 2019

Large-scale IT change programmes are notoriously complex to implement, and all too often fall short of project goals. To deliver the agreed scope on time and within budget takes experienced project management expertise, and ensuring the business is willing to change to reach the strategic outcomes of the project takes active project sponsorship. But these aren’t the only challenges. 

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Topics: Higher Education

What do we mean by 'value for money' in HE

Posted by Mat Kirby on April 23, 2019
The theme for the recent BUFDG Annual Conference (a conference held by the British Universities Finance Directors Group), was "Beyond Money". Going beyond the financial balancing act that comes with running a university, to focus more on the different aspects of 'value', albeit from the perspective of a Finance Director of a higher education institution.
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Topics: Higher Education

Strategic Drift: Why an optimisation review is inevitable

Posted by Prue Beams on April 17, 2019

Let’s be honest, few projects ever manage to deliver all the expected benefits or meet every stakeholders’ expectations. Implementing a new SMS is no small task, and inevitably scope changes, contingencies get spent, and there becomes a bucket of work that falls to the BAU team to be delivered under the ‘Continuous Improvement’ banner. And as time moves on there are new releases, new product modules, changing market drivers and expectations for student experience, new technology platforms and integrations that need to be kept on top of.

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Topics: Higher Education